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NEWS • WEATHER CLOSINGS



How TPS Decides and Communicates School Closings

 

 

TPS is committed to an exceptional education for every student, every day. In inclement weather conditions, the district staff and leadership team use three guiding principles to decide emergency school closings.

  1. Time spent in the classroom is integral to preparing students for academic success.
  2. Students and staff must be able to get to and from school safely.
  3. Parents and guardians must have adequate time to make arrangements for transportation or childcare.

We announce emergency closing by 5:30 a.m. on closing days.
Board regulation on emergency closings: Regulation 7308‑R: Emergency Closings

Stay Updated on School Closings

TPS uses the following to communicate with families and community members:

We announce emergency closing by 5:30 a.m. on closing days.

How Decisions are Made

When inclement weather conditions already exist

  • Transportation field coordinators check road conditions the evening prior to the school day.
  • By 9:30 p.m. the evening prior to the school day, the district’s emergency manager recommends to the superintendent whether to open schools.
  • TPS announces closing through the TPS websiteTPS appTPS social media and local news media by 10 p.m.

If inclement weather conditions are expected

  • Transportation field coordinators check road conditions in the early morning of the school day.
  • By 4:45 a.m., the district’s emergency manager recommends to the superintendent whether to open schools.
  • TPS announces closing through the TPS website, TPS app, TPS social media and local news media by 5:30 a.m.

If inclement weather conditions occur during the school day

Emergency school closings may include the following:

  • Schools closed and the Education Service Center closed
  • Schools closed and the Education Service Center open
  • Schools closed and the Education Service Center open with delayed start
  • Evening activities canceled. Note that evening activities at any TPS site are canceled on days when schools are closed, even if conditions improve.

Education Service Center and district offices

"Education Service Center" (ESC) refers to all district offices and affects hourly and 12‑month employees with some exceptions.

Unless weather conditions dictate otherwise, the Education Service Center will open on days when schools are closed. All 12‑month employees at district facilities must report to their regularly assigned positions at the announced start time of the ESC or as directed by their supervisor.

Local media will typically NOT announce information about the ESC, visit  www.tulsaschools.org for updates.

Other Weather Resources

Information regarding hazardous winter weather, including watches and warnings, is available on the following:

Sign up at www.ok.gov/OEM to receive Oklahoma Emergency Management's weather alerts and receive NWS watches/warnings to your cell phone or email address. See additional winter weather preparedness tips.

 

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